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RSS have kicked off a nationwide ”Swadeshi self reliance campaign”

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However, this time around, the RSS wants the Modi government to not just think of “GDP centric development” but also take three of its major concerns into consideration – welfare of MSMEs, boycott Chinese products and consideration of environmental concerns.

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Before you dismiss this as just another signature campaign, think again. A dedicated website by the name of – joinswadeshi.com – is already in place, a Google document collecting your name, mobile number, e-mail address and nationality is online where collection of digital signatures are afoot and most importantly, videos of influential persons like academicians, socio-religious organisations, MLAs, MPs will be circulated backing this campaign, through all platforms.

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“To speed up the digital signature campaign, photographs and videos of the important persons of society like Vice Chancellors of universities, academicians, heads of various institutions, socio-religious organisations, MLAs, MPs etc while they participate in the campaign, may be given in newspapers and social media that will inspire the people to participate enthusiastically in the campaign,” reads a publicity goal by the Swadeshi Self Reliance Campaign under the aegis of Swadeshi Jagran Manch and overseen by a committee that has key functionaries from many RSS affiliates.

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The thrust on technical and mobile efficient workers is because the SJM plans to catch the imagination of the young and old alike through every possible social media platform, some of them primarily frequented by the youngsters. So while traditional platforms like Facebook and Twitter will be used, the campaign isn”t averse to push the idea to more radical platforms like Quora where people primarily ask questions and get answered by absolute strangers.

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Meanwhile, understanding that almost all smartphone users in India, which is estimated to reach 442 million by 2022, have WhatsApp installed, the campaign has dedicated a WhatsApp number for this purpose as well.

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Sources say, such public opinion will “help the government” in framing policy that will not only protect domestic business in India at a time when the government itself wants the MSME sector to stand up on its feet after the lockdown but also help Modi”s vision of “self-reliant India”.

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The goals listed by joinswadeshi.com are buy idegenous products and boycott especially Chinese products, become self employed and job creators as well as increase farmers” income, MSME and start ups through heavy reliance on new age technology. It also lists India”s global trade and transfer of technology giving precedence to what is in India”s interest rather than trade obligation as one key goal.

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Finally, it says, the new vision of “self reliant” India will be considerate of environmental concerns like land grab, water depletion and worsening air quality rather than ignoring them.

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It is unknown how much the government is in sync with the RSS economic wing”s version of “self reliant India” and the campaign there of, particularly boycotting Chinese products and be considerate of environmental concerns, but at the moment the BJP-led Centre is not complaining as most of the SJM”s non-specific goals are a reiteration of that of the government”s.

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Electric vehicle versus Fuel vehicle: Which is more affordable and cheap

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The electric vehicle industry is booming, but the biggest drawback for the consumer is that they are priced much higher than the traditional fuel vehicles. However, at a time when filling-up a full tank of petrol scooters and motorcycles is fast becoming a dream for many, the alternative to it — electric two-wheelers — seems to offer better running price realisation in the long term.

According to investment bank and financial services firm Morgan Stanley, battery-powered two-wheelers are cheaper to own and run than petrol and diesel equivalents. The running cost of electric vehicles is nearly 5% lower annually compared to a gasoline petrol vehicle, the report showed.

The maths of cheaper electric vehicles

The petrol and diesel prices across the country continued their northward march taking its retail rates to unprecedented levels and burning bigger holes in the consumer’s pockets. The electric vehicle as an option weighs heavy.

Although the fact that EVs are priced significantly higher than the vehicles running on fuel have kept people away from them. But once the infrastructure is in place, the cost really comes down to the electricity unit price, which is much lower than the fuel rates. No matter what the price of crude oil is around the world, in India, the average fuel rates have always remained at ₹70 and ₹80 per litre for diesel and petrol, respectively.

Under the bare minimum conditions, the math becomes even clearer — unit price of electricity multiplied by battery size is equivalent to the cost of running an EV. This also eradicates high fuel costs and provides cheaper maintenance and tax. Electric vehicles also hold their value for longer compared to fuel vehicles, according to a Europe based firm study.

 

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